Research Technician Position in Light Microscopy Facility

The LMF MPI-CBG is one of the largest open access imaging facilities in Germany. It offers 25 advanced imaging systems covering a broad range of different microscopy techniques including: wide-field microscopy, laser-scanning confocal microscopy, two-photon microscopy, spinning disk confocal microscopy, TIRF microscopy, super resolution light microscopy, light sheet microscopy and laser capture microdissection. The facility supports more than 230 users per year who book around 40,000 hours of instrument time annually.

We are offering a
Research Technician Position
to join its Light Microscopy Facility (LMF).

Job Description
We are now seeking a highly motivated, and service-oriented research technician, who will become part of the LMF team supporting both the core team as well as the users of the facility.
Main duties and responsibilities will be:

  • Perform regular maintenance and quality control tasks on microscope systems including cleaning of objectives, exchanging light sources, and laser power measurements
  • Support the LMF operations with house-keeping tasks (scheduling, ordering of consumables, documentation)
  • Support of teaching and educational events such as the annual light microscopy course
  • Provide user support on selected light microscopes

Your qualifications
Candidates should hold a research technician degree (BTA, MTA), or comparable qualification and be experienced in working in an international laboratory environment. Experience in at least one basic wide-field light microscopy technique such as transmitted light or fluorescence imaging is a must. Knowledge in advanced microscopy techniques and image analysis tools is a benefit but is not mandatory.
Excellent command of English together with good communication and computer skills (office applications) is essential. The candidate should be a proactive, flexible, well-organized, service-oriented, and reliable team player willing to support both the LMF team as well as scientists with basic and advanced aspects of light microscopy and continuously expand his/her knowledge in the field of light microscopy.
The successful candidate will become part of a very vivid international research environment. Working language of our community is English.

Our offer
The position is available immediately and the initial contract is for 2 years with the possibility to extend the contract for 3-4 more years. Compensation will depend on the qualification and experience of the candidate. For informal inquiries, please contact the leader of the LMF MPI-CBG, Dr. Jan Peychl via email:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications should arrive no later than June 16th, 2021.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Please submit your complete application including the names of three referees via our online application system stating Code 2021-Technician-LMF-4100 at 

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Pfotenhauerstr. 108, 01307 Dresden, Germany